Registered Nurse with over 25 years of experience in both in-patient and outpatient clinical settings meeting the needs of the patient through both direct care and as a manager of a Diabetes Clinic.
Strong clinical judgment
High level of autonomy
Strong clinical judgment
Professional bedside manner
Adept at prioritizing/managing deadlines
Thorough physical assessments
Successfully directed staff meetings
Pain Management Clinic RN, 10/2011 to Current CenterPoint Medical Center – Independence, MO
Completed admission assessments; assisting the physician with interventional pain management procedures, and monitored patients through the recovery process.
trained/mentored new staff: both RN's and support staff
telephone triage; scheduling initial and follow up appointments
Closely worked with referring offices and commercial insurance providers for prior authorizations of recommended procedures.
Compiled and helped maintained notebook referencing all needed requirements and procedures for commercial insurance authorizations for various interventional pain management procedures.
The Diabetes Center Nurse Manager, 04/2009 to 10/2011 CenterPoint Medical Center – Independence, MO
Hiring and scheduling staff (RN's, RD's, and support staff) to ensure the needs of the department were met within the productivity guidelines of the hospital.
Was successful in obtaining the renewal of the program's American Diabetes Association Certification by submitting all necessary documentation of program's outcomes.
Developed, monitored, and trained staff on the department's performance improvement and continuous quality improvement measures which resulted in patient referrals being scheduled in a more timely manner and greater than 94% of respondents being consistently satisfied with the program.
Marketed the program to physician and community groups through physician office visits, community speaking engagements, newspaper articles, and radio programs.
Provided hospital staff in-services on Diabetes to help meet their needs for continuing education.
Certified Diabetic Educator, 06/1997 to 04/2009 Research Medical Center/Medical Center of Independence – Kansas City, Mo and Independence, MO
Provided education of adults with Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes in both the group and individual settings
Working with the physician, provided management of Adults with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. This was accomplished through regular visits/phone contact to review blood glucose, food, and activity records and to make adjustments of medications, activity, and dietary requirements. I also assisted patients with personal goal setting to help achieve and maintain control of there blood glucose levels to minimize their risk of developing complications.
Associate Degree of Nursing: 1987 Sinclair Community College - Dayton, Ohio
Bachelor of Science: Social Work, 1984 Unniversity of Central Missouri - Warrensburg, Missouri